Cloudscape: Saving Days by Rettir Leinahtan

Spe­cial guest mix, fea­tur­ing music by LAND, Lucre­cia Dalt, Yearn­ing Kru, J.G. Biberkopf, Okokon, Sean McCann, James Place, Ulaan Pas­ser­ine, Nich­olas Jaar, Cur­rent 93, Mat­mos, Maja S. K. Ratkje, Jon Wesseltoft, Cam­ille Nor­ment, Per Gisle Galåen, Leila Abdul-Rauf, Voices From The Lake, Lak­ker, Gurun Gurun, Ken­ney, Kang, Park, Ahnnu, Morten HD, Marry Lat­timore, Gab­riel Salo­man

Cloudscape: Weird Evening Lament

Weird Even­ing Lament” is a res­ult of my col­lab­or­a­tion with fel­low mixer Weird­with­Beard. We’ve been fol­low­ing each oth­er’s mixes for quite a while and decide to knock some shit together. The res­ult is very eclectic, as you might expect. Hope­fully it’ll make as much sense to you as it did to us.

Review: Ulaan Passerine (2013)

The name Ulaan Pas­ser­ine did­n’t imme­di­ately ring a bell, but once I found out that it’s a pro­ject by Steven R. Smith of Hala Strana (among oth­ers), things star­ted fall­ing into place. This is a man with a respec­ted, if rel­at­ively obscure, musical his­tory, who played a cent­ral role in estab­lish­ing exper­i­mental folk sounds in the US since the late nineties.

Even without that con­text, though, this new double tape on Brave Mys­ter­ies would have blown me away. These four pieces — each occupy­ing a tape side of six­teen to eight­een minutes — are best clas­si­fied as freefolk, but Smith has such a strong voice (fig­ur­at­ively speak­ing) that com­par­is­ons with other artists are prac­tic­ally use­less to draw.